REVEALED: Roberto Carlos was ‘very close’ to joining Chelsea after meeting with Roman Abramovich but deal collapsed at the eleventh hour before he left Real Madrid for Fenerbahce
- Roberto Carlos revealed that he came ‘very close’ to signing for Chelsea in 2007
- He had two options Chelsea and Fenerbahce after ending 11 years at Real Madrid
- Carlos claims ‘everything was agreed’ with Chelsea after chatting to Abramovich
- But says that the deal with Chelsea had collapsed due to an issue with the lawyer
- Carlos was disappointed as he felt would have done well in the Premier League
Roberto Carlos has revealed that he came ‘very close’ to signing for Chelsea in 2007, before the deal fell through at the last minute.
The former Real Madrid defender had two options – Chelsea and Fenerbahce – after becoming a free agent following 11 successful years at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Carlos says ‘everything was agreed’ with the Blues after a successful conversation with Roman Abramovich, but claims the deal collapsed due to ‘an issue with the lawyer’.
Roberto Carlos (above) has revealed that he came ‘very close’ to signing for Chelsea in 2007
Carlos claims ‘everything was agreed’ with Chelsea after chatting to Roman Abramovich
Carlos was disappointed about the failed transfer as he believes he would have ‘done well in the Premier League’ and that it would have suited his ‘characteristics’.
He told Goal: ‘I had two proposals, Fenerbahce and Chelsea. Chelsea didn’t work out so I signed for Fenerbahce.
‘But, with Chelsea, it got very close. It was literally agreed and I just had to go there and sign the contract.
‘It was just a week before I signed for Fenerbahce and I had been to Paris to meet both Roman Abramovich and Peter Kenyon.
Left-back Roberto Carlos (centre) won 13 trophies during his time at Real Madrid (above)
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho (left) was sacked less than three months after the failed transfer
‘Unfortunately, in the final moments something didn’t work out just before finalising, which happens a lot in football. There was an issue with the lawyer.
‘It was all agreed, though, and I am 100 per cent sure I would have done well in the Premier League and it would have suited my characteristics.’
As it happens, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was sacked less than three months after the failed transfer.
While Carlos enjoyed a two year stint in Istanbul before returning to Sao Paulo to play for Corinthians.
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